On vacation in Kribi, Cameroon, Srs. MENGUE Évangéline and Thelma Renaud on the beach preparing fish for their meal
Photo, CND, 2010

Congrégation de Notre-Dame

Bringing Out Our Inner Light!

The Congrégation de Notre-Dame is a Catholic community of women religious of apostolic faithApostolic faith is the adherence of the whole person to Jesus and to the teachings He gave to his apostles.

This faith is oriented towards continuing the mission of Jesus: to reveal to the world God’s great love of humanity and to call humanity to live in love of God and of one’s neighbour for a better world and happier people.
founded in the by Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, first educator of Montreal and a pioneer of New France.

We come from countries in North America, Central America, Asia, Africa and Europe where we live and work among the people. In response to a call from our loving God, we give our lives to work toward achieving God’s desire for a just and peace­ful world for all peoples.

With love and joy, we sing life; we celebrate life! Magnificat!Magnificat is a song of joy!
(Click to hear the Sisters sing the Magnificat)
Guided by Christ, who lights our way, we journey forward, led by the spirit of Marguerite Bourgeoys.

How do we experience this journey in our everyday lives?

“Go, I will not abandon you.”

Writings of Marguerite Bourgeoys p. 143

Thanks and Appreciation – Diamond jubilees

Just a note to thank everyone who acknowledged my Diamond Jubilee via a gracious note, lovely card and greeting, flowers or the celebration of an anniversary Mass. I was truly touched to be remembered in such ways and thank you for your thoughtfulness and many kindnesses. May your goodness rebound on you a hundredfold!

Joan Trudeau, CND

We wish to express our deepest gratitude to all who remembered us on the occasion of our Diamond Jubilee. For all your mass offerings, telephone calls, letters, cards, etc… We say thank you to all of you.

Hazel Power, CND and Carmelita MacDonald, CND

Coady International Institute

Jenna Kyte and Kathleen Provost, Representatives from Coady, Antigonish, NS, met with members of the leadership team on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Visitation Province annually sponsors a student in the Development Leadership Diploma program. This year we are sponsoring Sister Philomina Joseph, Coordinator of Women’s Empowerment Program, Diocese of Varanasi Social Welfare Society, India. She organizes activities for the integral development of women and adolescent girls to safeguard the dignity of women, and to become the voice of the voiceless. As coordinator she is involved in planning, monitoring, evaluating and networking at the organizational level. Sister Philo’s hope in coming to Coady is to learn new leadership skills and techniques to empower women and adolescents to strengthen their bargaining power for positive change. Let us keep Sister Philo in our prayer. For more info on Coady: http://www.coady.stfx.ca Sister Philomena Joseph

Advent Weekend Guided Retreat

ROTHESAY, NB - Friday, November 28, 7 pm – Sunday, November 30, noon

Facilitator: Becky McKenna, CND

Welcoming Emmanuel, God’s Presence Among Us

To register, please contact Villa Madonna toll free at 1-866-783-3300 or

Email: villamadonna@nb.aibn.com


[All the News]

Climate March and International Day of Peace Gathering in Charlottetown

Several of us joined a group in front of Province House at noon on Sunday, September 21, to unite in solidarity with people around the world on this special day of the Climate March and International Day of Peace. The theme of our gathering emphasized the link between environmental stewardship, social justice, community celebration and peace. Emphasis was placed on the strengthening of this link if our dream of healing a planet in crisis is to be realized. Groups present included the Council of Canadians, the Island Peace Committee and Earth Action.

The event consisted of several speeches, entertainment relevant to the purpose of the gathering, and a short walk in union with those around the world who were walking. Sister Anne Gillis explained to the group our Congregation of Notre Dame involvement in these issues on a worldwide basis.

Climate March Success – It took Everyone and we were there!

It took Everyone and we were there! Maura McGrath, CND, Apraham Nizibliam (CND Social Justice Network) and Monica Lambton (JPIC) are back home in Montreal after an exhilarating weekend in New York for the People's Climate March. We grouped with a dozen Blessed Sacrament CNDs and a JPIC colleague from the Sisters of Providence in Kingston to join with the thousands gathered for the Inter-Faith contingency of the March. Hundreds of thousands surrounded us on the streets and we truly felt immersed in hope and joy. We are at a KAIROS moment, we could feel it in New York, and we can see it in our work at the CND. See this link for a very short video on what happened in New York and around the world http://peoplesclimate.org/wrap-up/ Check out First Class for pictures and details on what happened at the March in New York and at the United Nations. And don't forget to send me news and pictures from the Climate March events that you participated in!

Breaking the Silence Network Celebrates 25 Years of Solidarity


Breaking the Silence (BTS) is a voluntary network of people in the Maritimes who in 1988 began to organize to support the efforts of Guatemalans struggling for political, social and economic justice.

On Wednesday, September 10th our administration team welcomed Kathryn Anderson, founding member, and Sister Mary Corbett, CND, long-time member and supporter, to give us an overview of the very important work of this network. Through their informative presentation we heard how closely connected the Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters have been with the work of BTS since its beginning days. Mary has been involved in Project Accompaniment and has led many delegations to Guatemala since the 1990’s. We have supported many of the young interns in participating in this leadership and solidarity program through our CND bursaries. They continue to share their gifts here in Canada. Kathryn reminds us: “As you in the Congregation of Notre Dame well know, the work of solidarity is not finished.”

People’s Climate March and International Day of Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. www.internationaldayofpeace.org Anyone, anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It can be as simple as lighting a candle at noon, sitting in silent meditation, or doing a good deed for someone you don’t know. Or it can involve getting people together in a large event.

THE STORY IS TOLD of a lady in a shopping mall. When the power went off and all the lights went out she felt a little hand in hers, and she asked, in the darkness,

“Who do you belong to?” The response came: “I’m yours, until the lights come on.”

The countdown is on!! Early Friday morning, Monica Lambton and Apraham Nizibilian (acting Coordinator of the CND Social Justice Network while Bineta Ba is on maternity leave) and I will be heading to New York City to join in the People’s Climate March. We shall walk and pray in the names of all the children of the world and in a particular way the women, men and children who suffer disproportionately the effects of climate change. We shall march in the name of all of us, sisters and associates in Japan, Central America, Africa, USA and Canada. We are one as you gather in prayerful communion in the invitation to change everything!


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